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Costa Rican Online Casinos

By Reno Rollins

Costa Rica has liberal gambling laws, which is one of the reasons that many online casinos locate their operations in this beautiful Central American nation. World Gambling Review discusses the internet betting laws of Costa Rica and offers a warning when dealing with Costa Rican online casinos. We also provide a list of the brick and mortar casino resorts in Costa Rica.

Gambling Laws in Costa Rica

Costa Rica is known as a gambler�s paradise. In fact, their tourism industry generates $1.7 billion per year, making them the most visited nation in Central America.

All types of gambling are legal, from the casinos all the way down to the lottery. It�s even legal to bet on horse racing, and the country hasn�t had a race track in over a decade.

You must be at least 18 years of age to gamble in the casinos.

Geography of Costa Rica

Costa Rica is bordered by Nicaragua and Panama. On an interesting side note, they are the first country in the world to constitutionally abolish their army.

The country is made up of seven provinces, which are then further divided into 81 cantons. The seven provinces are:

- Alajuela
- Cartago
- Guanacaste
- Heredia
- Limon
- Puntarenas
- San Jose

Casinos in Costa Rica

While all manner of casino games are available, two of the most popular are Canasta (Roulette) and Rommy Blackjack. There are a total of 28 casinos currently in operation in Costa Rica. They are:

Paradisus Playa Conchal & Jazz Casino Conchal (Cabo Velas Santa Cruz, Guanacaste, Costa Rica) Open daily from 5pm until 2am, this casino offers four table games, five restaurants, three bars and a hotel.

Melia Cariari Hotel and Country Club (Cariari, San Jose, Costa Rica) Open from 3pm until 4am daily, this casino has six table games. A hotel, restaurant and four bars can also be found on the premises.

Lucky San Carlos Casino (Ciudad Quesada, Alajuela, Costa Rica) This casino is open daily from 3pm until 3am.

Caribbean Village Fiesta (El Roble, Puntarenas, Costa Rica) Open daily from 11am until 4am. There are 10 slot machines available, as well as seven table games. Four restaurants, four bars and a hotel are also located there.

Barcelo San Jose Palacio Spa & Casino (El Robledal Uruca, San Jose, Costa Rica) Open daily from 8pm until 3am, this casino has 18 gaming machines and 15 table and poker games. A hotel, two restaurants and two bars are also located on the premises.

Radisson Hotel and Casino Europe (Goicoechea, San Jose, Costa Rica) Open 24 hours a day, this casino has 219 gaming machines and 13 poker and table games. There are also two restaurants on the premises.

Hotel Flamingo Beach Resort & Jazz Casino (Guanacaste, Costa Rica) Open from 7pm until 4am, this casino has four table games. A hotel is also available.

Irazu Hotel Best Western & Casino Concorde (La Uruca, San Jose, Costa Rica) Open 24 hours a day, this casino offers 4,400 square feet of gaming space. There are 210 gaming machines and nine poker and table games. There is one restaurant and a hotel located on the property.

Hotel & Country Club del Sur & Casino del Sur (Perez Zeledon, Sam Jose, Costa Rica) Open daily from 6:30am until 4am, this casino features 300 gaming machines. A restaurant and hotel are also on the premises.

Barcelo Amapolo & Jazz Casino (Playa de Jaco, Puntarenas, Costa Rica) Open from 7pm until 4am daily, this casino has 20 slot machines and six table games.

Hotel Tamarindo Diria & Jazz Casino Tamarindo (Playa de Tamarindo, Guanacaste, Costa Rica) Open from 7pm until 4am, this casino has three table games.

Los Suenos Marriot Golf Resort & Stellaris Casino (Playa Herradura, Puntarenas, Costa Rica) Open daily from 2pm until 1am, this casino has 10 gaming machines and ten poker and table games.

Hotel Cocal & Casino (Playa Jaco, Puntarenas, Costa Rica) Open daily from 11am until 3pm, this casino has 30 slot machines and five table and poker games. A restaurant and hotel are also available.

Premier Fiesta Resort & Spa (Playa Panama, Guanacaste, Costa Rica) Open 24 hours a day, this casino also has six restaurants, a hotel and bar.

Flor De Itabo Hotel & Casino (Playa del Coco, Guanacaste, Costa Rica) Open from 8pm until 2am daily, this casino offers six table games and 14 gaming machines. A hotel and three restaurants can also be found on the premises.

Hotel Casino Coco Bay (Playas del Coco, Guanacaste, Costa Rica) Open daily from 2pm until 2am, this 2,750 square foot casino offers 40 gaming machines and six poker and table games. A bar, restaurant and hotel are also available.

Hotel Yadran & Casino Adriatic (Puntarenas, Costa Rica) Open daily from 8pm until 2am, this casino has 13 gaming machines and four table games. In addition, two restaurants and a hotel can also be found on the property.

Kamuk Hotel & Gallo Casino (Quepos, Puntarenas, Costa Rica) Open 24 hours a day for slot machines and from 8pm until 3am for table games, this casino has 1,076 square feet of gaming space. There are 27 gaming machines and seven table games.

Club Colonial Casino Bar & Restaurant (San Jose, San Jose, Costa Rica) Open 24 hours a day, this casino has 45 slot machines and 12 table games. One restaurant is also located on the premises.

Del Rey Hotel & Casino del Rey (San Jose, San Jose, Costa Rica) Open 24 hours a day, this casino has 75 gaming machines and 10 table and poker games. There is a hotel, restaurant and bar also located on the property.

Fiesta Casino Costa Rica at the Garden Court Hotel (San Jose, San Jose, Costa Rica) There are 200 gaming machines and 84 table games, plus two restaurants and a bar. This is easily the largest casino in Costa Rica.

Fiesta Casino (San Jose, Costa Rica) Open 24 hours a day, this casino has 150 gaming machines and seven table games.

Horseshoe Casino (San Jose, Costa Rica) Open 24 hours a day, this casino has 16 poker and table games. A restaurant and hotel are also located on the premises. This casino offers the highest limits in Latin America.

Hotel Herrudura Resort & Casino Krystal (San Jose, San Jose, Costa Rica) Open from noon until 7am daily, this casino has 20 gaming machines and four table games. A hotel and three restaurants can also be found on the property.

Quality Hotel Centro Colon & Casino Costa Rica (San Jose, San Jose, Costa Rica) Open from 2pm until 6am daily, this casino also features a hotel and restaurant.

Royal Dutch Hotel & Casino (San Jose, San Jose, Costa Rica) Open 24 hours a day, this casino has 100 gaming machines and six poker and table games. There is also a bar on the premises.

Barcelo Playa Langosta Resort & Casino (Tamarindo, Guanacaste, Costa Rica) Open 24 hours a day, this casino has 10 gaming machines and four table games. There is also a hotel and restaurant on the property.

Barcelo Playa Tambor Resort & Casino (Tambor Puntarenas, Guanacaste, Costa Rica) Open daily from 7pm until 2am, this casino has 14 gaming machines and four table games. A hotel, also located on the property, has 402 rooms.

Online Gambling in Costa Rica

Costa Rica is home to more than 200 online gambling companies. Companies may offer wagers to customers around the globe, as long as they don�t allow Costa Ricans to use their services.

There is a lack of legislation dealing with online gambling, and companies based in Costa Rica tend to be more self-regulated than those located elsewhere. While this is usually not a problem, there have been a number of online casinos in Costa Rica accused of cheating. This has given the entire online gambling operation of Costa Rica a bad reputation.

A few examples of online sites operating in Costa Rica are:

- Bet Eagle
- Scratch 2 Cash
- SBG Global Sportsbook
- Skybook
- Bookmaker Sportsbook & Casino
- Triobet
- Wager Web
- PokerLoco
- BetEd.com
- Gamblers Palace
- Sun Palace Casino
- LazerWager
- Suite 332
- Triple Gold Casino
- Bingo Palace
- Bingo Comics
- Desperate Housewives Bingo
- Casino Webcam
- Cool Cat Casino
- OnlineBingo.com

Pari-Mutuel Betting in Costa Rica

Betting on horse racing is legal in Costa Rica, but the only racetrack closed in 1995. However, you can still visit casinos with a sports book and wager on horse racing, soccer and any number of other sports.

Lottery of Costa Rica

The national lottery is the most popular gambling activity in Costa Rica, with drawings being held a few times a week. Street vendors sell tickets, and you can buy anywhere from one ticket to a whole sheet. Large amounts of money can be won, and the largest yearly event is the Christmas Lottery. A scratch-off game is also available (called �raspa�).

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